Bill Haslam is the 49th Governor of Tennessee and as his time comes to an end, iVoteTennesse™ wants to recognize the accomplishments of our state under his leadership.
We can all agree that our children are our future and Governor Haslam as done so much for them. Tennessee students have been the fastest improving in the country in academic achievement. We are seeing more Tennessee students graduating high school than ever before.
Governor Haslam took this success and set his mark even higher. In 2011 Tennessee Promise was introduced, making community colleges or technical college free of tuition and mandatory fees. In 2013, he announced the Drive to 55. The goal of this campaign is to increase the post-secondary degree achievement to 55% by 2025. Since this launch, we have seen enrollments increase by 25% at community colleges and 20% at technical colleges in one year. In 2015, the rate of Tennesseans going to college increased to a high of 62.5%.
Haslam also worked vigorously to ensure that our economy would grow and prosper for the working-class people across our state. He also knew that as more of our students became skilled laborers that they would need jobs. This is why he made Tennessee a business-friendly state.
Since Haslam took office, we have seen a net gain of more than 378,000 of private sector jobs. The Tennessee General Assembly in 2017 passed the largest tax cut in our state’s history. This propelled our state to be even more business-friendly. As governor, he cut more than $500 million in recurring spending and reduced the state government by 10%.
Governor Haslam had a vision for Tennessee. He also had a plan to meet the needs of our state now and for generations to come. His time in office is coming to an end, and Tennessee is already making plans for the next person to fill the shoes. We want to thank Governor Haslam for leading our state to this level of success, and we hope to keep the tradition going.